Porsche World Premiere in Geneva: Sport Turismo & Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Revealed
Panamera Sport Turismo
Panamera Sport Turismo is celebrating its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 7 to 19, 2017), where five different versions will be on display: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo.
Based on the successful sports saloon, the new version once again makes a profound statement in the luxury segment with its unmistakeable design. At the same time, the Sport Turismo, with up to 404 kW (550 hp), is more versatile than any other model in its class. With a large tailgate, low loading height, increased luggage space and a 4+1 seating concept, the new Panamera model offers the perfect combination of everyday usability and maximum flexibility.
“For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forward into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche”, says Michael Mauer, Director of Style Porsche.
From a technological and design perspective, the Sport Turismo takes all the innovations introduced with the brand new Panamera saloon. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, pioneering assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, chassis systems such as rear axle steering, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) electronic roll stabilisation system and powerful powertrains.
In addition, all Panamera Sport Turismos are equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – an active all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch – and all models sold in Australia will have adaptive air suspension with three chamber technology as standard.
The design and concept of an all-round sports car
Just like the coupe-style Panamera sports saloon, the Sport Turismo is characterised by its very dynamic proportions – a perfect reflection of the Porsche design DNA. The car is 5,049 mm long, 1,428 mm high and 1,937 mm wide, while the wheelbase extends to 2,950 mm. The silhouette is further characterised by short body overhangs and large wheels measuring up to 21 inches in diameter.
From the B-pillars, that is, from the start of the rear doors, the Sport Turismo features a completely unique rear design. Above the pronounced shoulder, an elongated window line and equally long roof contour lend the car its striking appearance. At the rear, the roof drops away much less dramatically than the window line, resulting in a prominent and distinctive D-pillar which transitions into the shoulder section with coupe-like characteristics.
First adaptively extendible roof spoiler in the segment
The roof extends into an adaptive spoiler. The angle of the roof spoiler is set in three stages depending on the driving situation and selected vehicle settings, and generates additional downforce of up to 50 kg on the rear axle.
Up to a speed of 170 km/h, the aerodynamic guide element – a central system component of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) – stays in its retracted position with an angle of minus seven degrees, which reduces drag and thus optimises fuel consumption.
Above 170 km/h, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree, thereby increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics. When in the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds of 90 km/h upwards. PAA also provides active assistance by adapting the roof spoiler’s angle to plus 26 degrees when the panoramic sliding roof is open at speeds of 90 km/h or above. In this case, the spoiler helps to minimise wind noise.
Three seats in redesigned rear
The new Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to feature three rear seats. The two outside seats take the form of individual seats – in keeping with the model line’s claim for sporty performance with maximum passenger comfort – thereby producing a 2+1 configuration at the rear. As an option, the Panamera Sport Turismo is also available in a four-seat configuration with two electrically adjustable individual rear seats.
The raised roof line of the Sport Turismo allows easier entry and exit at the rear and ensures greater head clearance. The usability of the luggage compartment benefits from the wide opening electric tailgate with a loading edge height of just 628 mm.
Measured to the upper edge of the rear seats, storage capacity is up to 520 litres (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: 425 litres) – or 20 litres more than the sports saloon. When fully loaded and with the rear seats folded down, the gains amount to around 50 litres.
The backrests of the three rear seats can be folded down together or individually (in a 40:20:40 split) and are unlocked electrically from the luggage compartment. When all of the backrests are folded down, the loading floor is virtually flat. In this configuration, the storage volume expands to up to 1,390 litres (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: 1,295 litres).
A luggage compartment management system is available as an option. Its features include two rails integrated in the loading floor, four lashing points and a luggage compartment partition net. A 230-V electrical socket can also be provided in the luggage compartment.
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Porsche continues to achieve high levels of performance over the long term. The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sees the sports car manufacturer launch a plug-in hybrid model as the flagship of a model line for the first time.
The four-litre V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo is combined with an electric motor, resulting in 500 kW (680 hp) of system power and outstanding power delivery: Even when just above idle speed, the Panamera Turbo offers 850 Nm of torque. That means it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h.
The boost strategy of the all-wheel drive Panamera comes from the 918 Spyder super sports car. In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the average fuel consumption is 2.9 L/100 km, and the new flagship Panamera can drive on fully electric power for up to 50 kilometres. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid underlines the high importance of electromobility at Porsche.
Unique drive concept with V8 engine and electric motor
After the successful debut of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, which uses a V6 engine together with an electric motor, Porsche is showing once again that hybrid technology has great performance potential.
The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid combines an electric motor (100 kW/136 hp) with a V8 engine (404 kW/550 hp). The decoupler installed in the Porsche hybrid module is actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator (ECA), just like in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The result is short response times and a high level of comfort.
As in all other second-generation Panamera models, the fast-shifting Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox with eight gears is used to transmit the power to the standard adaptive all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM). The E-Performance drive accelerates the luxury saloon to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and provides extraordinary tractive force at higher speeds.
Combined with a top speed of 310 km/h, this means that the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sets new benchmarks in its class. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid comes with air suspension as standard and offers a unique balance in this segment: the comfort of a luxury saloon paired with sports car-level performance values.
The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 14.1 kWh. Within six hours, the high-voltage battery integrated in the rear is fully charged with 10 A via a 230-V connection. If the Panamera uses the optional 7.2-kW on-board charger and a 230-V connection with 32 A instead of the standard 3.6-kW charger, the battery is fully charged in just 2.4 hours.
The charging process can also be started using a timer via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or the Porsche Connect app. In addition, the Porsche Connect app is available for the first time in Australia with the following selected functions: MyCalendar and MyDestinations, Contacts, Picture Navigation, First Mile/Last Mile Navigation as well as the LTE telephone module with SIM card reader and Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Moreover, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is fitted with auxiliary air conditioning to cool or heat the passenger compartment even during charging.
Three-way combination of sports car performance, comfort on long trips and efficiency
Performance, comfort and efficiency form a perfect three-way combination: The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid starts in the purely electric “E-Power” mode as standard, and drives locally over a distance of up to 50 kilometres with zero emissions.
When a specific pressure point is passed in the accelerator pedal, or when the battery charge level drops below a minimum value, the Panamera switches to “Hybrid Auto” mode, at which point the power of both engines is available. Consumption in the NEDC for plug-in hybrid models amounts to 2.9 L/100 km (66 g/km of CO2) and 16.2 kW/h/100 km for electric power.
As part of its extensive standard equipment, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid includes: Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Power Steering Plus and 21-inch alloy wheels in the 911 Turbo Design. The basic package also contains auxiliary air-conditioning, adaptive aerodynamic elements and three-chamber air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is on sale now priced from $460,100 and will arrive in Australia in the third quarter of 2017.
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